If you are a cat owner, you probably know that most cats are descended from African wildcats and over time, cats have spread to every single corner of the globe and subsequently comprise of distinct breeds and types.
While breeds and types vastly differ from each other, the unique traits and personalities are generally considered to be signatures of that particular breed. One of those traits includes build and size.
This article will highlight the breeds of domestic cats that are considered feline giants, or in other words-very large domestic cats.
According to Pets4home, the largest domestic cats include the following:
This is recognised as the largest domestic cat breed. Although, many question how domestic the Savannah cat actually is. This breed is a crossing of domestic cats-Siamese and the Serval (an African wild cat).
The Maine Coon cat is also a very large domestic cat breed and interestingly, does not have a ancestral relationship to wild cats in the same way the Savannah cat does. These cats are very friendly and can weigh up to 15lbs.
These are very attractive looking cats and resemble jungle cats. Females weigh up to 15lbs while males can weigh up to 20lbs.
The Ragdoll is a long haired cat with a sweet nature. It is an ideal companion for quiet people. Again, females can weigh up to 15lbs and males can weigh up to 20lbs.
The Ragamuffin is related to the above mentioned Ragdoll as it shares many traits. They tend to have a strong build along with a powerful muscle structure. The weight is the same as the Ragdoll, for both male and female cats.
Norwegian Forest Cat
This cat is a longhaired breed and originally from Norway as the name suggests. They look very similar to the Maine Coon cat. Also, Norwegian Forest cats are very long in length and the weight in males is up to 15lbs for females, while males weigh up to 20lbs.
This cat is from Russia, as the name suggests and is a good choice for those who suffer from allergies, as this cat produces less of the Fel D1 protein that is a known allergenic trigger for people who suffer from cat allergies. Male Siberians on average can weigh up to 17lbs. That is a lot of cat!
The American Bobtail
There are actually a few different types of Bobtails (Japanese, American, et. al. ) and are considered to be related. The Bobtail cat has a short or absent tail. This is a genetic mutation.
The American Bobtail cats are the largest of the Bobtail cat types with females weighing up to 11 and males weighing up to 16lbs.
According to Purina, within the heaviest cat breeds, male cats will generally outweigh the female cats. In addition to the above mentioned breeds, Purina cites the following cats as large cat breeds:
- American Shorthair
- American Wirehair
- Bengal-These cats are super soft, almost like they are sprinkled with fairy dust
- British Shorthair-Came to Britain via Rome and Egypt
- Exotic Shorthair
- Turkish Van-Considered King of the home
And while some like big houses, big cars and big hair, many like big cats. According to www.catoverdose.com these big cats are perfect companions and despite their size, have a good temperament. It is interesting to note that these large cats have traits which mimic dog traits.
Also, according to Pet360, the above mentioned cats are very large cats, as they are born and bred to be bit. Compared to other smaller domestic cats that can pile on a few pounds-giving it the appearance of a big cat.
Cats are pretty wonderful, in the case of these large cats-there is more of them to love.